Eileen Bigelow Chair
Since joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1990, Principal Flute Adam Kuenzel has regularly appeared as soloist at Orchestra Hall. In October 2007 he gave the world premiere of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s Fantasies for Flute and Orchestra, Il Piffero della Notte, with the composer conducting. In January 2009 he performed Bernstein’s Halil, earning acclaim from The New York Times and MusicalAmerica.com. He premiered Manuel Sosa’s Eloquentia: Espacio para Flauta y Orquesta in April 2010; the work, which was written for Kuenzel, garnered the composer a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011.
A native of Cincinnati, Kuenzel attended the Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Robert Willoughby. After graduation, he studied with Tom Nyfenger in New Haven and played in jazz groups for two years in Cincinnati. Kuenzel has been a guest artist with the Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, St. Bart’s Music Festival in the French West Indies and Oregon Bach Festival. During the 2009-10 season he was invited to perform as guest principal flutist with the Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.